The following is a round up of Bromsgrove Sporting Colts news and events.
2018 in Review: By Bill Edge
2018 proved to be a very eventful year – following the progress of former Colts early in the year, we saw former goalkeeper Tom Rushton become lead guitarist in a up and coming group KARKOSA, who were due to appear in the Isle of Wight Festival, then later jetting off to a concert in Japan.
Another former Colt, guitarist, singer and songwriter Lucy Shaw, was appearing in several gigs up and down the country and also featured on radio.
Meanwhile, former Colts striker Joshua Brent gained his motor racing license.
In April, Mark Whitehouse launched a new section for 4 to 6-year olds – it was soon to become a very successful venture.
May saw Welfare Officer Jane Howard step down after 10 years’ service – her place was taken by Maria Murphy. This was subject to training, but Jane supported Marie until she was qualified. The rest of the Committee were reinstalled, with the addition of Phil Ellson.
On the pitch, the U8 United won their Winter Cup, U12 Gators won promotion by finishing a strong second and U16 Shamrocks became League Champions.
The Summer proved to be very busy and after a number of meetings, as the Santiago Colts merged with Bromsgrove Sporting, effectively becoming Sporting’s Junior Colts.
Again, Mark Whitehouse ran a successful community fun day tournament at Barnsley Hall – a loyalty award went to 10 players who have completed 10 years’ service with the club.
- Rebecca Chalinor
- Archie Conlon
- Niall Doherty
- Patrick Doherty
- George Fowke
- Jake Fowke
- Jake Marsden
- Matty Mcfall
- Nathan Patterson
- Jay Merchant
The John Kavanagh Memorial Award, for 12 to 18 year olds, went to Mercko Windle. The Edge Award, for 6 to 12 year olds, went to Sam Evitts.
In July, thanks to the hard work of volunteers directed by Alan Horton, Colts were represented in the Bromsgrove carnival parade, being able to promote the merger of Bromsgrove Sporting and Santiago Colts.
August saw Jake Marsden, who joined Colts at the age of six, become the first Colts player to break into the Sporting U18 Floodlit Squad.
In September, it was announced that former Colts keeper Conor Smith had been selected to run for England U20’s 10k squad in France.
Later in the month, news emerged that former Sporting youth player Thomas Jones had tragically lost his life as he was about to start at Worcester University. In October, a Memorial match was played at the Victoria Ground between Bromsgrove Sporting and a RAF select team in honour of his memory. 1,671 people attended what was a very emotional evening, with in excess of £7,000 raised at the discretion of Thomas’ family.
The New Year’s honours saw local lady Ruth Evans-Brent awarded an MBE. The wife of former Colts Secretary Kevin Brent and mother of former Colts striker Joshua Brent has been recognised for her work with the NHS patient experience team. Ruth also plays hockey for Bromsgrove.
Finally, I would like to thank all the managers, coaches & committee members for all their hard work throughout the year, not forgetting Karen who runs our cafe at Barnsley Hall, the parents who help to set up, those that act as linesperson and those who turn up in all weathers to support the children.
December Team of the Month
This accolade goes the way of the U12s (pictured), who have inched their way up the league. A run of good results has put them in second spot, just three points behind the leaders.